Oh dear, I'm not touching that with a 50ft pole. Religion and heavenly bodies don't mix. In the interests of not offending anybody it's best if I keep my mouth shut on this one.Commander McLane wrote:...Well, it's actually a quote of or reference to biblical language. And in New Testament times nobody was thinking of "Earth" as a planetary body among others, but of "earth" as everything this side of heaven, so to speak.
That's actually a new one on me. I was thinking more along the lines of two nations separated by a common language or something like that.Commander McLane wrote:Not only the Americans. I don't know the origin of the quote right now, but I think it goes like "English was born in England, grew up in America, got sick in Asia, and died in Africa."
Now you're getting all Whorfian on me... How many words do Laveans have for "Space"? (and do they capitalize them?)Commander McLane wrote:Don't think that other languages are less inadequate and ill-conceived. Germans, for instance, can spend hours ranting about the ridiculousness of certain aspects of their language, and especially about the various attempts of reformed grammar and spelling. Mind you, the last big orthographic reform is now ten-or-so years old, and there are still newspapers which refuse to use the new orthography, because they think it's ridiculous/wrong/ill-conceived.
I'm not really fluent in any other languages but I have studied them enough to know that they all have their oddities and exceptions to rules which noone can really explain. The Germans also like to have competitions to see who can make up the longest (but legitimate) word possible. The Americans on the other hand like to use as few letters as possible, ideally abbreviating common phrases to 5 letters or less. ROTFL
I often wonder if we could "invent" a perfect language. Not quite sure how you would qualify perfect, but thinking in terms of computer science there would be no ambiguity and the "language" would compile without exception every single time. The only thing is, perhaps that might put a damper on creativity. Although computer programs can still be creative. I should probably read up more on Esperanto.
Make it so... TSN.Commander McLane wrote:And just to prove that there are not only grammar nazis, but topic-sorting nazis as well: This whole thread belongs in Outworld.